Friday, July 29, 2016

succulents and findings

I stopped by a vintage and art shop that was having a 20% off sale today. One thing I have always loved about this shop is the way the owner uses succulents in an array of vintage containers to decorate her outdoor space. 

Here's some close-ups of what was on the cart shown above...

On the other side of the building...

and some close-ups.

Even a ladle isn't spared.

These plants and containers were for sale. How cool would it be to get these with your house numbers? Though in this area, the plants would only last outdoors through the summer.

My finds at this shop today were a small ironstone pitcher to add to my collection and a McCoy ribbed planter.

I also found a vintage linen piece that fit my nightstand perfectly...

and a Dawn doll! Who remembers these from the early 70's? I loved my Dawn doll with the pink and gold dress. I know I still have her somewhere in my basement, but I haven't been able to find her. In the meantime, I was happy to find this one for only a few dollars. I need to do something with her wild hair though. 

I guess this wasn't exactly a find, but my new Shark vacuum cleaner arrived today. 

I guess it means you're an adult when you get excited over a new vacuum cleaner. ;-)


  1. I love all those succulents! I wish I could grow them like that!! Love the new McCoy planter and how do you like your shark??

  2. Those succulent pics are beautiful! My deck faces West so the ONLY things that will grow out there are succulents... hens and chicks, portulaca, and sedum to name a few. I love the creative containers used in your pictures. A new vacuum IS very exciting! That one looks lightweight and easy to use. Happy vacuuming!!

  3. The succulent containers are so fun and creative. I have some hens and chicks I need to plant in my garden. I never thought to put them in a container.

    I would be excited about a new vacuum cleaner!

  4. Hi! New to your blog. We are going to retire to AZ in a few years, so I suspect I'll have to get into succulents sooner or later. LOL And I remember Dawn. :)

  5. Great containers for those succulents.

    Let us know what you think of your vacuum and how easy it is to clean the cup.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

  6. Succulents have such versatility. And I get excited over things like vacuum cleaners too.

  7. Oh my gosh...Dawn!!! I had her, too. Where the heck she is, I have no idea either. I used to make clothes for her and her friends. I had several, blonde and brunette. Ah, fun memories, Melanie. Thanks for the Saturday smile!!

  8. Hi Melanie, I love the photo of you with your new vacuum . . . you're a cutie :) I am a lover of succulents and the idea of putting them into an old ladle . . . kind of stole my heart. I'm not sure why, but it certainly did :) What a great shop!
    Happy vacuuming!
    Connie :)

  9. Love the photo of you posing with your new vacuum. We call them hoover's over here, after a brand name of Hoover that I guess was one of the first ones out. So enjoy your hoovering!! Love those succulents in all of their different guises, especially the house number idea - you could pop a candle in during the winter perhaps? xx

  10. I love visiting vintage shops and thrift stores. I never really noticed succulents until just a couple years ago, now They always catch my eye. I have trouble finding them around here but when I do find them, the prices are outrageous.
    Im always looking for vintage linens. Im loving your vintage dresser scarf!!!. Vintage table cloths and tea towels are my favorite!

  11. Those plants are truly beautiful ♥

  12. Great ideas with the succulents. I remember when I first got excited about a vacuum -- I was pregnant with our first child, and we got ourselves an Electrolux for Christmas. That was 28 years ago.

  13. What fun seeing all those succulents in vintage planters. Love the ladle planter.
    Mary Alice

  14. Very charming containers! I'm always puzzled though when people do this, because don't these plants drown during a downpour? These unique containers don't have drainage holes! Or do they all take the trouble to drill holes into these items? It puzzles me every time. And yes I did have a Dawn doll! We weren't allowed to have Barbie, but I was able to have Dawn. I did read something on Pinterest about taming wild doll's hair. Might want to check it out!

  15. I love the number planters.
    Do you like your new vacuum.
    Stay cool.

  16. I love how the succulents are pretty! And I am always excited over a new vacuum, too!

  17. What beautiful specimens their succulents are, Melanie! I never see any that gorgeous and established.

    I did get that happy about a vacuum cleaner's arrival once, one that worked beautifully getting up dog hair. And you are posing just like your Dawn doll!

  18. Oh all of the plants and arrangements were so pretty and I got a kick out of seeing the doll! :)

  19. A Dawn doll! My sister and I each had one - better than Barbie! :)


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